Stanley Theatre

Theater in Fairview & South Granville

Popular musicals dominate early summer (usually the last show of the season) at this heritage theater, but the rest of the year sees new works and adaptations of contemporary hits from around the world. Officially called the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (a moniker that not a single Vancouverite uses), the Stanley is part of the Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver's biggest.

The 1200-seat theater was opened as a movie house and live venue in 1931, and it's interior is an unusual mix of the era's architectural fashions, from Moorish to art deco. And if you're reading this in 2107, it's time to open the time capsule of contemporary street photographs that was buried outside the theater.